As in many other countries, also in Myanmarthe lockdown has started already since some week. Also here schools have been first to close, followed by different centers and agencies. Also villages locked down, roads are closed and people aren’t allowed to go out.
Until now the lock down is established until the mid May.
We are really concerned about the impact that this will have on economic conditions of families who already live in poverty. “Here many people work on a daily labour and they don’t have savings. – as told by Livio Maggi, our country director – and there are no social help or layoff. Many families are contacting us asking for help because they are starving.”
So, we started up an aid program for families in need through the provision of basic goods. In Yangon we are supporting what local authorities are already doing. In villages we are in constant touch with families and we are organizing collection points at villages gates, in order to safely distribute our basic goods.
We also intensifed the support to the juvenile centre and to other centers for children with disabilities, with provision of medicines and basic goods.